The sons of legendary Hollywood director Roger Corman are going to war against their mother and father by accusing them of illegally selling the rights to Corman’s gigantic film catalogue.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, Corman’s two adult sons, Roger and Brian, claim they are co-trustees and beneficiaries to the family trust that owns the rights to their dad’s huge library of 270 films including “The Little Shop of Horrors,” “Piranha” and “Forbidden World.”
The company that purchased the catalog had planned an extensive strategy of remakes and merchandising opportunities.
But the two sons say that even though their parents tried to sell the New Horizons Pictures library to Shout! Factory and Ace Film, the deal should be null and void without the blessing of everyone.
The sons also accuse Julie of berating and abusing 91-year-old Roger in order to force him to undermine the “irrevocable trust” created in 1978. They allege Julie has already resigned as a Special Trustee, and accuse her of a “variety of breaches of fiduciary duties” by allegedly draining the family funds whenever she pleased.
The fighting amongst the family is described in detail, and the lawsuit even includes a narrative accusing Julie of getting drunk at a dinner, verbally attacking the other siblings in the family and then allegedly striking one of the adult sons in the face that left a “large red mark where she had struck me.”
Roger and Brian want the sale of the film library reversed immediately and for the family trust to be controlled by the children.